What is the importance of south facing slopes when it comes to elk an mule deer? The more I read, and watch shows on hunting them, it seems like everyone is talking about south facing slopes. Just wondering!
In hunting season the days are colder, southern facing slopes are the first area to get the sun. Giving the animal a chance to warm up and eat. Southern facing slopes get the most sun, keeping the snow melted and are generally more open.
North facing slopes receive the least amount of sun and keep the snow longer, they tend to have the densest cover.
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Ditto what GUTPYLS says, after feeding during nite and early morn they head into thick stuff on North and East slopes to hide from us and heat. Conversly when its been cold or bad weather they'll head straight to South and West slopes to warm and feed
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...